RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 681
Extent128 ff.
TitlePRECEDENT BOOK
Date16th century-17th century
DescriptionPrecedent book, providing a formulary of legal documents, probably for the use of a notary in the city of London. The volume contains copies (16th cent.) of commissions, writs, deeds, indentures and other instruments, mainly relating to the city of London during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Philip and Mary, and Elizabeth I.
Added later to the volume (ff. 123-127) is a list of royal commissions and writs on ecclesiastical affairs 1597-1688.

ff. 1-119, 128. Precedent book.
ff. 1v-2r. Blank, except for some jottings at f. 1r.
f. 2v. Commission from the civic authorities in Antwerp concerning the collection of evidence in a suit between Adrian de Witte and Michael Eems. 7 Sept. 1553. Followed by the (copy) signature 'Wesenbek', possibly the jurist Matthew Wesenbeck (1531-1586), of Antwerp.
ff. 3r-4r. Miscellaneous precepts and orders of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London, July-August 1552. With the (copy) signatures of 'Blackwell', probably William Blackwell, Town Clerk of London, or Edward Blackwell his son.
ff. 4v-5v. Miscellaneous precepts and orders of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London, 1518-32. With the (copy) signatures of William Paver, Town Clerk of London.
ff. 5v-7v. 'Exemplificat[io]. cuiusdam consuetud[inis]. ...'. An order of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen in a case arising from the will of Franciscus de Grado, merchant of Ragusa. The Lord Mayor is named as 'M.D.' [Michael Dormer, Lord Mayor 1541-42].
ff. 7v-9v. 'Lettera procuratoria generalis...'. Concerning the affairs of Martinus de Fredrigo, a merchant of Venice, naming foreign merchants in London (including Pontalio Spinula of Genoa, Richardus Champyon of Ragusa [sic, but named as English at f. 33r], Mariottus Nerett of Florence) as his creditors. 25 April 7 Edward VI [1553]. Cf ff. 33r-34v.
ff. 9v-10v. 'Litera testimonialis...' Letters testimonial of Michael Dormer, Lord Mayor [1541-42] and the Aldermen of London, that Philippus de Aranda, a Spaniard, is a liege man of the King of England, enjoying all the privileges of the King's subjects. n.d. Cf. ff. 35v-36r.
f. 10r-v. 'Litera testimonialis declar. libertat. mercatorum de hansa aleman.'. Letters testimonial of Michael Dormer, Lord Mayor [1541-42] and the Aldermen of London, addressed especially to the Mayor and Aldermen of Bristol, concerning merchants of the Hanseatic League. n.d.
ff. 10v-12r. 'Litera procuratoria generalis...'. Appointment by Benedictus q. Marini de Gondola, a merchant of Ragusa resident in London, of Johannes q. Marini de Gondola, resident in Ancona, to act as his agent in Venice, Ancona, Ragusa and elsewhere. 15 Sept. 1542.
f. 12v. 'Exemplificat. testium...'. Letters of Michael Dormer, Lord Mayor [1541-42] and the Aldermen of London, attesting, on the basis of testimony from French merchants, that a ship named the Magdalena, carrying a cargo of iron from Biscay to London for John Toles, Alderman of London, was captured by a French armed ship near the Isle of Wight. n.d.
ff. 13r-14r. 'Litera procuratoria'. Appointment by John Cockes, citizen and merchant of London, of William Wyllys, an English merchant, as his agent 'in Dansyck [Danzig] et partibus orientalibus'. n.d.
ff. 14v-15r. 'Instrumentum indent. pro venditione navis'. Indenture for the sale by John Dryver and Thomas Gibbes, shipowners of London, of a ship named St. Mary of London to 'Jeronimus Micheli' [?Girolamo Michiel], merchant of Venice. 10 May 1543.
ff. 15r-17v. Instrument of Robert Palmer, citizen and mercer of London and Blanche his wife, widow and executrix of Richard Reynold, citizen and mercer (will proved 26 May 1543), appointing Richard Kinge, citizen and merchant of London, as their agent, especially in dealings with 'Franciscus Salyardettus, mercator de mensana' and 'Johannes Baptista Salvago de Via mercator de Chio'. 13 July 1543.
ff. 17v-18r. Letters testimonial of Sir Ralph Warren, Lord Mayor of London, concerning the bankruptcy of Richard Wilson, merchant of London. 1544.
ff. 18r-19v. Letters testimonial of Sir Ralph Warren, Lord Mayor of London, attesting that Robert Wright, citizen of London, has appointed 'Humfridus Lyightsole' and 'Adam Coupott', merchants of the staple of Calais, as his agents. 25 Sept. 1544.
ff. 19v-21r. Appointment by Gobertus Torsalles, merchant of Toulouse, of Arnaldus and Rogerus de Pratto, merchants of Toulouse, as his agents. London, 6 Oct. 1544.
ff. 21v-22r. Letters testimonial of Michael Dormer, Lord Mayor [1541-42] and the Aldermen of London, addressed especially to the Mayor and Aldermen of Bristol, concerning merchants of the Hanseatic League. n.d.
f. 22r-v. Letters testimonial of John Cotes, Lord Mayor of London, concerning the examination of Richard Wheler, citizen and merchant tailor, 'one of the serchers wythin the porte of the same cytie' regarding a case betweeen William Shelton and Baldwyn Smith about the seizure of woollen cloth belonging to the merchants of the steelyard [ie. the Hanseatic League]. 4 Nov. 1542.
f. 23r-v. Appointment by Nicholas Mychell of London of Thomas Mychell of Calais as his agent in Calais and elsewhere overseas. n.d.
ff. 23v-25r. Assignment by Sir Richard Gresham, Alderman of London [Lord Mayor 1537-8, d.1549] to John Cooke senior, citizen and mercer, of a messuage at Broken Wharf, in the parish of St. Mary Somerset and Queenhithe ward, formerly the house of the Duke of Norfolk. With letters testimonial of William Laxton, Lord Mayor, and the Aldermen of London, to the authenticity of the document, 1 May 1544, with the copy signature of the notary Edward Blackwell.
ff. 25v-26r. Letters testimonial of Sir Ralph Warren, Lord Mayor, and the Aldermen of London, that William Whyte, citizen and dyer, 'hath no maner of protteccion of our soveraigne lorde the King'. 8 Sept. 29 Henry VIII [1537]. With the copy signature of the notary Edward Blackwell.
f. 26v. Letters testimonial of John Cotes, Lord Mayor [1542-3] and the Aldermen of London, concerning five ships of John Bryskin, William Porter and John Aster, merchants of Calais, en route from Flanders to France but driven by storms to Dover and diverted to London to feed the city.
f. 27r. Letters testimonial of William Laxton, Lord Mayor, and the Aldermen of London. The form of a document concerning a search for evidence in the records of London (no specific details of the document are included). 20 Nov. 1544.
ff. 27v-28r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, attesting the appointment of C.D.as agent of A.B. in a suit concerning property in Calais. n.d.
f. 28v. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor, and the Aldermen of London, concerning a search of the records for the years 34-35 Henry VIII [1542-44] and attesting the existence of the will of William Wetenhall, citizen and grocer of London. 28 Nov. 1544.
ff. 29r-30r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, to the authorities of 'Daventr', also named as 'Devintr', in the territory of the Emperor Charles V (Deventer, Netherlands], concerning a suit there between William, son of Egbert Moson [?Monson] and Stephen Reynold. 15 Jan. 1544/5.
f. 30v. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, serving as a testimonial to Hugo Buck, clergyman and notary. 20 Aug. 1544.
f. 31r-v. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, concerning trading privileges of Thomas Myddleton, John Fflynte, John Inxsby and William Campyon, merchant taylors, as citizens of London. 2 Jan. 1544/5.
ff. 31v-32r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, attesting interrogatories and depositions in a case concerning A.B. n.d.
ff. 32v-33r. 'Exemplificat. literarum patent. domini reg.' Letters of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen attesting their inspection of letters patent of Edward VI granted to Jacobus van Hove. 1554.
ff. 33r-34v. Deposition of Martinus de Fredrigo, named here as 'Martinus de Faederego', merchant of Venice, concerning his creditors Pontalio Spinula of Genoa, Ricardus Champyon Englishman, Victor Coner of Venice, Benedictus Gundela of Ragusa, Mariottus Nerettus of Florence, merchants in London. n.d. [c.1553]. Cf. ff. 7v-9v.
f. 35r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, attesting a deposition by John Somer, citizen of London, concerning a financial transaction in Antwerp. 22 March 36 Henry VIII [1545].
ff. 35v-36r. Letters of William Roche, [Lord Mayor 1540-41] and the Aldermen of London, attesting a deposition of Robertus Dunkin, Edwardus Catcher, Johannes Arthure and Philippus de Aranda, a Spaniard, concerning the affairs of Alanus de Aranda, a Spanish merchant in Antwerp. Cf. ff. 9v-10r.
ff. 36v-37r. 'Litera attornat. ad recuperand. et recipiend. bona cuiusdam testat.' Letters of John Osborne and his wife Joan, widow and executrix of Thomas Dunkin, fishmonger, appointing William Barnes of London, merchant tailor, as their agent and attorney concerning Dunkin's estate. Attested by Nicholas Lambert, Lord Mayor of London, 3 Aug. 1544 [Nicholas Lambarde, but he was Lord Mayor 1531-32].
ff. 37v-38r. 'Litera testimonialis testificans quedam fuisse apud London'. Letters testimonial of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, attesting personal details concerning Jesper Tange, alias Jesper Dancke, a native of 'Bocsengburg in Ducatu Melchelburgensi' [?Boizenburg, Mecklenburg] and lately of Hamburg, aged about 26. 10 April 1545.
ff. 38v-39r. Appointment by H.H., merchant of Bristol, of his father T.H. as his agent. 12 May 1545.
ff. 39r-40r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] certifying trading privileges of Hugh Austwyk, merchant tailor, as a citizen of London. 12 May 37 Henry VIII [1545].
ff. 40r-43r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, concerning a debt owed to Henry Dolphin, citizen and draper, by Thomas Adams, draper. 37 Henry VIII [1545].
ff. 43v-44r. Depositions in a case concerning the purchase of 16,000 pieces of wood to make bow staves, 9,000 for the use of Henry VIII. The parties are named only as 'BTD and AB cives et archarios' and 'PV' agent of MV, a merchant of Cologne. n.d.
f. 44r-v. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, attesting that William Roche, an Alderman, appointed RR and associates of Florence to exact the sum of 3,600 ducats from Petrus and Antonius Spynosa.
ff. 44v-45r. Appointment by the Master (Henry Sukley) and Wardens of the Merchant Tailors of J.G. as their agent. n.d
f. 45r. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, concerning debts of H.M., grocer.
f. 45v. Appointment by John Ellys, citizen and mercer, of R.R. as his agent. n.d.
ff. 45v-46r. Appointment by A.B., widow and executrix of C.D., merchant of the staple at Calais , citizen and skinner, of W.S. as her agent.n.d.
ff. 46r-47r. Letters to Johannes Ffen, doctor of law and President of the Parliament of Rouen, with interrogatories about a case concerning George Pageter, son and agent of Anne Pargeter, widow. n.d. Cf. ff. 81v-83r.
f. 47v. Letters of William Laxton, Lord Mayor [1544-45] and the Aldermen of London, attesting the appointment of agents by Joan Style, widow.
ff. 47v-48r. Appointment by Richard Broke, maltman, of Ware, Herts., of William Wrathe, citizen and merchant of London, as his agent, especially to collect a debt from Henry Potte, citizen and brewer, a fugitive from London. 10 July 1545.
f. 48v-49r. Letters testimonial attesting that Henry Wise and Joan Clerke were married at St. Botolph Aldgate on 23 October 1542. Text is given in both Latin and English.
f. 49r. Settlement in a property dispute; Hamnet Bressi and William Playne against John Starkey and Sir Edmund Walsingham. n.d. [1545]. A fuller copy is at ff. 100v-101r.
ff. 50r-52r. Writ of George Barne and Ralph Alleyn, Sheriffs of London, to the King's Bench at Westminster, responding to a writ 'de fieri fac' [to seize the property of a debtor] in a case concerning a debt of Edward Stokwood deceased, a draper, and the will of Avis Stokwood, widow, his executrix, also deceased. [probably relates to the wills of Edward and Avis Stockwood proved in the P.C.C. 1537 and 1540; George Barne and Ralph Alley are recorded as Sheriffs in 1546].
ff. 52r-55v. Writ concerning a debt owed to Mauritius de M., merchant of Genoa, by Thomas Well and Sampson Thomas. 37 Henry VIII [1546].
ff. 55v-56v. Letters of Sir Martin Bowes, Lord Mayor [1545-46] attesting inspection of records in a case against Ff.V. and H.S., merchants of London, at the request of Lodowicus Ffelix of Antwerp. 26 May 1546.
ff. 56v-57r. Further documents during the mayoralty of Sir Martin Bowes [1545-46]. Initials only of persons are stated.
ff. 57r-59r. Letters of Sir Martin Bowes, Lord Mayor [1545-46] attesting inspection of records in a case brought by Bartramus de la Sala, merchant of Bordeaux, against Johannes de la Sala, merchant of Toulouse, executor of the will of Bartramus de la Sala senior. 15 Oct. 1546.
f. 59r-v. Appointment by Leonard Peterson, 'showmaker' [?shoemaker] of St. Martin Le Grand, London, of Gilbert Dethick, Richmond Herald, as his agent to recover a debt incurred in 1542 from Nicholaus Dischoff, lately merchant of the steelyard in London. n.d.
ff. 59v-60r. Writ of Edgidius Brugge, citizen and draper, concerning a dispute over a messuage in the parish of St. Nicholas Acon. Temp. Edward VI.
f. 60r-v. Letters testimonial of Sir John Gresham, Lord Mayor [1547-48] and the Aldermen of London, to the Mayor and Aldermen of Oxford concerning the precedence accorded to former Lord Mayors. Sent at the instance of George Barne, Alderman. 21 Oct. 1547.
ff. 60v-62r. Letters testimonial of Sir Rowland Hill, Lord Mayor [1549-50] and the Aldermen of London, concerning a dispute over property in the Bishopric of Cologne involving Andrea Reynold alias Rankyns, Hubert Johnson, a leather dresser from Cologne, and other German leather-dressers in London.
f. 62r-v. Letters of Sir Andrew Judde, Lord Mayor [1550-1]. 8 June 1551.
ff. 62v-63r. Appointment by Robert Squyre, 'pannorum lannorum operator' [?clothworker], of an agent. 30 June 1551.
ff. 63v-64r. Blank.
f. 64v. Bond of William Aston and John Bradwyn, citizens and haberdashers, to William James, citizen and joiner. 25 Nov. 4 & 5 Philip and Mary [1557].
ff. 65r-67r. Assignment by Richard Husband, citizen and cook, of the lease of houses and a shop in Bread Street, property of the Goldsmiths' Company, to John Murfyn, cook. 27 Sept. 38 Henry VIII [1546].
ff. 67r-68r. 'A charter partye'. Indenture between John Murfynn, owner of a ship named the Ellyn of London, and Thomas Hollande, of Gedney, Lincs., for the charter of the Ellyn to take a cargo of salt from Berwick to Arundel, Sussex. 1 June 1541.
f. 68r. 'A condicion for a mariage'. Concerning the marriage of Richard Elryk and Elizabeth Haniet, widow. n.d.
ff. 68r-69v. 'A lease of a benyfice'. Lease of the parish church and parsonage of St. Michael-le-Querne, London, from Thomas Whytemor, clerk and parson of the parish, to Richard Tailor. 20 May 6 Edward VI [1552].
f. 70r. 'Condicio pro apprentic. ' Condition on the apprenticeship of Robert Coldaile, son of the late William Coldaile, of Stone, 'shereman', to Thomas Moungumbrie. n.d.
f. 70r. 'A bill of sale'. Sale by John Broke, citizen and mercer, of 10 gold rings with stones, to John Machell, citizen and clothworker. 3 July 1559.
ff. 70v-70a verso. 'Alienation of a lease'. Assignment of the lease of a house called the White Rose in Whitecross Street, parish of St. Giles Cripplegate, from Robert Hawkeswell, citizen and clothworker, to Edmund Wylgryse, fishmonger, of Westminster. The house was owned by the guild of the Blessed Lady at St. Giles Cripplegate. 25 Jan. 1544/5.
ff. 70a verso-71r. Assignment of the same lease to John Royse, citizen and mercer. 29 Jan. 1545.
ff. 71r-73r. 'A bargayne and sale of a lease to be redemed uppon condicion'. Sale of the lease of the same property by John Whitehorn, citizen and clothworker, to John Garland, citizen and clothworker. 26 Sept. 1 Mary [1554].
ff. 73r-74r. 'An indenture of deseysannce uppon a single obligation'. Indenture for the loan by John Stempe, son and agent of John Stempe senior, of Lewes, Sussex, of £110 to John Dawes and John Deos, citizens and grocers of London. 11 Feb. 1 Edward VI [1547]. With an appointment by John Stempe junior of John Broune, citizen and clothworker, as his agent.
ff. 74v-75v. 'Alienacion of a lease'. Assignment of a lease of a house in Turmel Street, Clerkenwell, by Nicholas Charnoke, blacksmith, of London, to William Pollyn, citizen and haberdasher. 20 Jan. 6 Edward VI [1553].
ff. 76r-78r. Lease by Peter Smythman, yeoman, of Westham, Essex, of a close of pasture at Westham to William Abraham, citizen and butcher of London. 31 Dec. 1 Edward VI [1547].
ff. 78v-79r. 'An anuyte for terme of life geven upon condycion'. An indenture for an annuity given by Sir Thomas Cawarden, of Bletchingley, Surrey [d. 1559, Master of the Revels] to his servant Leonard Maschall. n.d.
f. 79r-v. 'A deede of gyfte'. A deed of gift of all his possessions from John Larke of London, yeoman, formerly servant of Thomas Whyte, Alderman, to his friends William Pollyn, haberdasher, and Abon Woode, grocer, both of London. n.d.
f. 79v. 'A lease made for 3 lives'. A lease for three lives of a tenement in Old Change, parish of St Mary Magdalen, London, from Raff Pyllyngton, haberdasher, his wife Jane, and William Richardson, fishmonger, to James Gulyfforth, citizen and skinner, and his wife Alyse. 4 Nov 1 Mary [1553].
f. 80r-v. Letters of Sir John Gates (1504-1553), Vice Chamberlain of the Household of Edward VI, selling to the Mayor and citizens of London various stewardships and offices granted to him by letters patent of Henry VIII 30 Dec. 1546. Citing letters patent of Edward VI 24 April 1550 granting to the Mayor and citizens land and property in Southwark. n.d.
f. 81r-v. 'An indenture of bargayne and sale of barke of trees and woods'. Indenture for the sale by George Maxsy of London to John Whyte of Stratford Langhorne, Essex, of the bark of trees to be felled in Gayes wood. The wood had been sold by Henry VIII to Sir Richard Rich and was afterwards acquired by Maxsy. 28 Feb. 36 Henry VIII [1545].
ff. 81v-82v. 'A indenture of gyfte of lande and goods'. Deed of gift from Anne Pargeter, widow, to her son George Pargeter, of property in Bread Street, London, and all her jewels, plate and other possessions. 28 Nov. 1 Edward VI [1547]. Cf. ff. 46r-47r, 82v-83r.
ff. 82v-83r. 'A indenture for bargayne and sale of leade'. Indenture for the sale of lead by Thomas Bakington of Ethik, Derbyshire, to Anne Pargeter, widow. 20 May 3 Edward VI [1549].
f. 83r-v. 'A leasse for a carr rome'. A lease for three years from William Myddelton, mercer, of London, to W. Gates, tiler, of London, of 'a carre rome' [a stand appointed for a licensed cart] granted to Myddelton by the Mayor and Aldermen. 20 May 4 Edward VI [1550].
ff. 83v-85r. 'A indenture of bargayne and sale of lande'. An indenture for the sale of Appleby, Leics., and other manors, by George Appleby to Anthony Ffoster of London, gent. 24 March 3 & 4 Philip and Mary [1557].
ff. 85r-86r. 'A indenture for 2 partinge fellowes'. Indenture for the dissolution of a partnership beween two merchants, Bloosey Whyte and William Lawnde, grocers of London.. n.d.
ff. 86r-87r. Indenture between Richard Jones, citizen and mercer, and John Master, his apprentice, permitting John Master to engage in trade at home and overseas during his apprenticeship. n.d.
ff. 87r-88r. 'An indenture for 2 partyinge ffellowes...'. An indenture to form a partnership between William Elderson and Thomas Pecock, citizens and haberdashers. n.d.
ff. 8r-89r. A clause appointing Thomas Percy as the agent of Edward Welshe and Agnes. n.d.
f. 89r-v. 'A indenture for the bargayne and sale of woole. Indenture between A.B. , citizen and mercer and W.H. of Evertone, Berks. n.d.
ff. 89v-91r. 'A indenture concerning the separacion of a man ffrom his wife'. An indenture between Sir John Gascoigne (d. 1568) of Cardington, Beds., and Sir Richard Rich, being Lord Chancellor [1547-52], upon the separation of Sir John Gascoigne and his wife Margaret (d. 1575), daughter of Sir Robert Scargill of Thorpe Hall, Yorks. n.d. With a marginal note in the hand of William Griffith concerning this document of an instance of the custom of making money payments at the font of St. Paul's Cathedral.
ff. 91r-92v. 'A bargaine and sale of an annuyte'. An assignment by Thomas Byshope, of Pocklington, Yorks, to Humfrey Luce, citizen and leatherseller, of an annuity or pension granted to Byshope by Henry VIII 3 July 31 Henry VIII [1539]. n.d.
f. 92v. 'A lease for a parsonage'. Indenture for the lease of the parish church and parsonage of 'Flampsted' [Flamstead], Herts., from Edward Layghton, clerk, parson of the church, to Sir Arthur Darcy. Incomplete. n.d.
ff. 93r-96r. Blank.
ff. 96v-97r. appointment by Ffranciscus Ffidelis, merchant of Venice, of his brother Alexander Ffidelis as his agent and heir. 1 March 3 Edward VI [1549].
f. 97v. Extract of proceedings against Christopher Jowcie [?], a miller, for an act of armed violence in the parish church of Danby Forrest [Danby, alias Danby Forest, North Yorks.] in August 3 Elizabeth I [1561].
ff. 98r-100r. Indenture between Henry Rowndthwait, clothier, of Leeds, Yorks, and Isobell his wife, and William Shutt, yeoman of Ilkley, Yorks, and Jennet his wife, the wives being cousins and heirs of William Ermested, clerk, deceased. Concerns their sale to Symond Palmer of 7 messsuages in the parish of St. Martin Ludgate, London. n.d.
ff. 100v-101r. Settlement in a dispute concening messuages ansd shops in the parish of St. Benet Gracechurch, London. Hamnet Bressy and William Playne against John Starkey and Sir Edmund Walsingham. 1 October 1545. A less complete copy is at f. 49r.
f. 101v. Blank.
f. 102r-103v. Lease of a tenement in St. Leonard, Shoreditch, from William Smith, yeoman, of the parish, to R.O. tailor of the parish. 8 April 1589. With a an assignment by R.O. of the same lease for a loan. 23 Jan 1590/1.
ff. 104r-109r. Blank.
ff. 109v-110r. Pleadings in a case during the mayoralty of Richard Dobbis [1551-2].
f. 110v. Pleadings in a case concerning John Juxson and orphans in the parish of St. Christopher. n.d.
f. 111r. Letters of T.L [Thomas Lodge], Lord Mayor, and the Aldermen of London, attesting the inspection and veracity of a record. 10 Dec. 1562.
ff. 111v-113r. Blank.
ff. 113v-114v. 'A letter of licence to 2 men fallen in decay by their creditours'. Concerns the affairs of N.H. and C. J., citizens and mercers of London. 26 Nov. 1555.
f. 115r. Blank.
ff. 115v-116r. Letter of Thomas Whyte, Lord Mayor[1553-54] to the authorities in Antwerp concerning a suit before them between Robertus N. and Benedictus D. 22 Feb. 1553/4.
ff. 116v-119v. Blank except for notes in the hand of William Griffith (a later owner) and (at f. 119v) a draft of part of a legal document.
f. 128r-v. Pastedown of the precedent book, with jottings and drawings (16th cent.), and notes in the hand of William Griffith.

ff. 123r-127v. Lists of royal commissions, writs etc. on ecclesiastical affairs 1597-1688. With a title in the hand of Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Commissions, & writs of Convocation from Elizabeth 39 to James II 1688, from entries in Crown Office'. With a further note in the hand of Samuel Wayland Kershaw, Lambeth Librarian 1868-1910: 'This to be bound up with MS'.
LanguageLatin and English
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionQuarter leather binding (19th cent.), with boards covered in buckram, 325 x 250 mm.
Paper leaves.
Written in several hands.
CustodialHistoryRecorded amongst the manuscripts of Archbishop Thomas Tenison in David Wilkins' catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1720 (LR/F/40).
Acquired by Thomas Tenison from William Griffith. Recorded in a catalogue of manuscripts lately belonging to Griffith and purchased by Tenison as 'A fair transcript of deeds and evidences of the City of London in the reigns of Ed. VI, Qu. Mary and beginn. of Qu Elizabeth, folio' (MS. 952, item 102). William Griffith (fl. 1652-1702), born at Stratford Longton, Essex, was admitted a sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1652, graduated B.A. 1655/6, M.A. 1659 (Venn, 'Alumni Cantabrigienses'). He became a notary public in 1664. His manuscripts show him as secretary to the Envoy to Sweden 1664-66 (MS. 1091), and as assistant to Sir William Glascock, Master of Requests, 1674-79 (MSS. 937and 942).

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